Postdoctoral Position to study the Origin of Life (m/f/d)
Starting from inanimate chemistry, we aim to evolve proto-cells with minimal functional genomes in the lab.
For this strongly interdisciplinary research project, we are looking for a highly motivated researcher to carry out experimental work at the interface of physics and biochemistry. In collaboration with two other junior research groups, we study how phase-separated RNA-peptide droplets form and accumulate in temperature gradients (see goo.gl/n1ob2M), and can be evolved to posses a fitness conveying RNA genome.
For this ambitious experimental project we seek a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to complement our biophysics lab from a nucleic acid biochemistry and/or physical chemistry perspective. The candidate should hold a PhD in a relevant discipline and should be familiar with multiple of the following concepts: ribozymes, next generation sequencing, nucleic acid chemistry, RNA-protein interactions, polymer biophysics, lab-on-a-chip bio-chemistry, physical chemistry. Excellent knowledge of English is required.
Salary and social benefits will be in accordance with the regulations of the German TVöD Bund (the salary agreement for public service employees, level E13). The contract will be limited to 2 years with the potential of extension. We especially encourage women to apply. This full-time position is available immediately.
Applications should include: a cover letter indicating the motivation to apply for this position, a CV including a publication list, a concise description of previous research accomplishments (<1 page), and contact details of at least 2 approachable academic referees. There is no deadline.
This material should be submitted via our online application system stating Code 2017-PostDoc-2290 in your application letter at:
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Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
01307 Dresden, Germany